Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gyuichi @ Hartamas & Gyu-Kaku @ 1U

In the mood for beef, we wasted no time waiting for the cows to come home, heading instead to Gyuichi at Desa Sri Hartamas and Gyu-Kaku at Isetan 1 Utama's Eat Paradise.

First, Gyuichi: this potato salad starter was the only non-bovine course we sampled here.

A carnivore's delight: Wagyu beef sirloin and short ribs with ox tongue.

Succulent, sizzling stuff. The process of grilling the meat isn't tedious; each slice of beef gets cooked nicely in fewer than 15 seconds. Thankfully, there isn't a powerful smell of meat hanging in the air that clings to our clothes.

Beef tataki with red wine dressing. Service is impeccable, with a well-oiled team gliding efficiently to tackle hordes of customers at dinnertime.

Japanese hamburger with mushrooms. Seems pricey at about RM38++, but the minced meat has a marvelous hand-chopped feel.

Spicy Wagyu ramen soup. An interesting change from the usual porky ramen, but too much chili might deter some from finishing the broth.

Wagyu beef with stir-fried veggies. Again, the meat saves the day for this one, adding a tender touch of luxury to an otherwise run-of-the-mill recipe.

Wagyu beef fried rice. Sticky and mushy, but satisfyingly flavorsome.

Mix your drinks for maximum effect. Sake ...

... followed by shochu ...

... followed by creme de cassis ...

... and red wine for the coup de grace.

Moo-ving along now to Gyu-Kaku, one of the fresh-faced eateries at Isetan's Eat Paradise.

Gyu-Kaku might be a more wallet-friendly option than Gyuichi, with most servings costing around RM20 per plate, including these miso-marinated "karubi" beef short ribs ...

... the shio-and-leek-laced beef tongue ...

... and basil pasto-soaked lamb neck.

Burn, baby, burn! A protein rush, perfect for those evenings when only meat will do.

Sake is available by the bottle at Gyu-Kaku, but no wine, unfortunately.

Entries on Eat Paradise's other outlets: Menya Musashi and Gantetsu Ramen: May 9; Won Korean Dining and Puran B by The BIG Group: May 12; Ichiro Sushi Bar: May 13.

Gyuichi,
Jalan 19/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6205-2233

Gyu-Kaku,
Level Two, Isetan 1 Utama.
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31 comments:

  1. Aha...two choices for good ole Jap DIY BBQ...lucky me! =)

    Which one has the most awesome dips?...hehe :)

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    1. Ulric: oops, sorry, i didn't pay attention to the dips. i'm usually just interested in the meat, heh =)

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    2. -_-

      Btw...I spy Calpis! :P

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    3. Ulric: you're right! that's also very observant, heh, since i didn't label the calpis :D

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    4. Bcose I love Calpis!...hehe :P

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  2. When I was there at 1U.. Gyu-Kaku was not open yet..
    I saw the wagyu beef and it is really looks good..
    too bad I don't eat beef .. if not I could feel that the meat is actually melting in my mouth...

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    1. Simple Person: oh ya, gyu-kaku opened only a few days after the other outlets at isetan 1U opened :D i think it's good that you don't take beef though. less cholesterol, heh. eat more chicken =)

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  3. wow.. there's a lot of new Jap restaurants in 1u now! Do you have a favourite?? hehe anything I should try first?

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    1. HAHA good idea! :P but sadly i can't fit everything into the few weeks which I have this June :(

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    2. My planned eating spree in 1U...Menya Musashi and Ichiro Sushi Bar for lunch n late lunch...followed by Gyu-Kaku for dinner...muahahahaha! :D

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    3. Vien: i guess Menya Musashi is the one at 1U that could be your first choice, since most folks have enjoyed the ramen there (though some people say they've been let down by it too, so be warned!) :D

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    4. alright!! i know where to go then! :P
      Thank you guys! :D

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  4. ox tongue! oh how i've missed u

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    1. KY: don't wait too long to get some ox tongue on your tongue! :D

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  5. red wine dressing! :) i wonder how does it taste on the beef

    Latest: Worst Shabu Ever

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    1. Fish: a bit salty, i think! :D

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  6. I plan to go Menya for ramen then Gyu Kaku for beef next week during school hols ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: yikes, thanks for reminding me that the school holidays are very soon! am gonna avoid the shopping malls, heheh :D

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  7. I'm wondering if your drinks outnumber your dishes? :-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, that's observant! but yes, i think i got full on drinks, not food :D

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  8. I hate and love ox tongue at the same time, it sounds yucky but oh so yummy!!

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    1. Slee: heh, true, ox tongue is sometimes more tender and tastier than steaks! :D

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    1. Michelle: I feel like a beefcake now (well, sort of!) :D

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  10. My triglyceride level just went up a few notches after looking at your pictures. hehehe

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    1. Smitten By Food: i should stay away from beef for a few weeks! =)

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  11. The fried rice looks comforting:D I would love to try the spicy wagyu ramen. Sounds like a glorious combination. How was the ramen? Springy till the end?

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it was a nice fried rice, flavorful and with a good chew :D oh, gosh, i don't think we managed to finish the ramen. it was super spicy! =)

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  12. i'm salivating at those wagyu. It is indeed a carnivore's delight!

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    1. Eiling: beefy brilliance! :D

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